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2Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File Vice
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File ViceTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn                                                 Level: Seasoned Beginner - Some power hammer experience required  Dates: May 2nd - 6th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included      This workshop is designed for someone already familiar with power hammers and wants to improve their understanding of the function of these tools and how to get more out of working with flat dies.      This week we will focus on the power hammer and how to efficiently use these machines to execute a series of open die forgings. We will start with exercises that clearly illustrate how to effectively use flat dies, top tools, and bottom tools to create a variety of both parallel and tapered forgings. These I consider the building blocks of all aspects of power hammer forging on which to build a solid foundation.      I will go over bottom tools vs top tools, what the right choice is and when and how to confidently use these tools safely. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each tool and use a variety of kiss blocks to keep your forgings accurate.     The second half of the week will be spent forging a file vice. This is a much more intricate and challenging forging, and it is a great exercise in the potential of the clear understanding of flat die forging with the aid of hand tools on the hammer. Some bench work will be required to finish the vice.      Students can expect this class to be very structured and will require careful attention to detail and discipline.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
3Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File Vice
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File ViceTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn                                                 Level: Seasoned Beginner - Some power hammer experience required  Dates: May 2nd - 6th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included      This workshop is designed for someone already familiar with power hammers and wants to improve their understanding of the function of these tools and how to get more out of working with flat dies.      This week we will focus on the power hammer and how to efficiently use these machines to execute a series of open die forgings. We will start with exercises that clearly illustrate how to effectively use flat dies, top tools, and bottom tools to create a variety of both parallel and tapered forgings. These I consider the building blocks of all aspects of power hammer forging on which to build a solid foundation.      I will go over bottom tools vs top tools, what the right choice is and when and how to confidently use these tools safely. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each tool and use a variety of kiss blocks to keep your forgings accurate.     The second half of the week will be spent forging a file vice. This is a much more intricate and challenging forging, and it is a great exercise in the potential of the clear understanding of flat die forging with the aid of hand tools on the hammer. Some bench work will be required to finish the vice.      Students can expect this class to be very structured and will require careful attention to detail and discipline.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
4Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File Vice
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File ViceTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn                                                 Level: Seasoned Beginner - Some power hammer experience required  Dates: May 2nd - 6th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included      This workshop is designed for someone already familiar with power hammers and wants to improve their understanding of the function of these tools and how to get more out of working with flat dies.      This week we will focus on the power hammer and how to efficiently use these machines to execute a series of open die forgings. We will start with exercises that clearly illustrate how to effectively use flat dies, top tools, and bottom tools to create a variety of both parallel and tapered forgings. These I consider the building blocks of all aspects of power hammer forging on which to build a solid foundation.      I will go over bottom tools vs top tools, what the right choice is and when and how to confidently use these tools safely. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each tool and use a variety of kiss blocks to keep your forgings accurate.     The second half of the week will be spent forging a file vice. This is a much more intricate and challenging forging, and it is a great exercise in the potential of the clear understanding of flat die forging with the aid of hand tools on the hammer. Some bench work will be required to finish the vice.      Students can expect this class to be very structured and will require careful attention to detail and discipline.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
5Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File Vice
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File ViceTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn                                                 Level: Seasoned Beginner - Some power hammer experience required  Dates: May 2nd - 6th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included      This workshop is designed for someone already familiar with power hammers and wants to improve their understanding of the function of these tools and how to get more out of working with flat dies.      This week we will focus on the power hammer and how to efficiently use these machines to execute a series of open die forgings. We will start with exercises that clearly illustrate how to effectively use flat dies, top tools, and bottom tools to create a variety of both parallel and tapered forgings. These I consider the building blocks of all aspects of power hammer forging on which to build a solid foundation.      I will go over bottom tools vs top tools, what the right choice is and when and how to confidently use these tools safely. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each tool and use a variety of kiss blocks to keep your forgings accurate.     The second half of the week will be spent forging a file vice. This is a much more intricate and challenging forging, and it is a great exercise in the potential of the clear understanding of flat die forging with the aid of hand tools on the hammer. Some bench work will be required to finish the vice.      Students can expect this class to be very structured and will require careful attention to detail and discipline.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
6Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File Vice
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Power Hammer Techniques and Efficiency - The File ViceTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn                                                 Level: Seasoned Beginner - Some power hammer experience required  Dates: May 2nd - 6th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included      This workshop is designed for someone already familiar with power hammers and wants to improve their understanding of the function of these tools and how to get more out of working with flat dies.      This week we will focus on the power hammer and how to efficiently use these machines to execute a series of open die forgings. We will start with exercises that clearly illustrate how to effectively use flat dies, top tools, and bottom tools to create a variety of both parallel and tapered forgings. These I consider the building blocks of all aspects of power hammer forging on which to build a solid foundation.      I will go over bottom tools vs top tools, what the right choice is and when and how to confidently use these tools safely. We will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each tool and use a variety of kiss blocks to keep your forgings accurate.     The second half of the week will be spent forging a file vice. This is a much more intricate and challenging forging, and it is a great exercise in the potential of the clear understanding of flat die forging with the aid of hand tools on the hammer. Some bench work will be required to finish the vice.      Students can expect this class to be very structured and will require careful attention to detail and discipline.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
7Introduction to Forging: Bottle Opener
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Forging: Bottle OpenerTime: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Jesse & Carrie Savage
Level: Beginner
Dates: May 7th ( 9  a.m. - 4 p.m. ), August 20th ( 9  a.m. - 4 p.m. )
Materials Included      This is a great beginner workshop for anyone interested in learning about blacksmithing. There are lots of basic forging techniques covered such as tapering, punching, drifting, twisting, scrolling, texturing and more. Also addressed in this workshop is proper hammer control, how to use various parts of the anvil, and safe effective working habits. Design and simple finishes will also be discussed.     Bottle openers are a fun way to get familiar with forging. They teach you a lot, are great fun to create, and give the maker a lot of freedom to personalize them. Typically, students are able to create several bottle openers by the end of the day.     Whether you're looking to take the next step and learn some new techniques or want to give it a shot for the first time, this class is a great experience and leaves you with the perfect item to have at your next barbecue or party.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
8Introduction to Forging: Fire Poker
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Introduction to Forging: Fire PokerTime: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Jesse Savage & Carrie Savage
Level: Beginner
Dates: May 8th ( 9  a.m. - 4 p.m. ), August 21st ( 9  a.m. - 4 p.m. )
Materials Included      During this one-day workshop students will experience a great hands-on introduction to forging while creating their very own fire pokers.      This exercise covers several skills necessary to build a foundation on which to start forging and is a great experience for anyone interested in trying their hand at the craft. Skills that will be covered include but aren’t limited to, tapering, scrolling, forming, twisting, and texturing. Different poker terminations as well as handles will be demonstrated, and students can expect to try their hand at several styles.      This tool is great for tending your backyard fire or keeping the fireplace or wood stove warm in the winter. A hand forged fire poker makes a great conversation piece while sitting around the fire spending time with friends and family or is a great gift for the fire enthusiast in your life.
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
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16Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and Algebra
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and AlgebraTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn & Joe Doyle      Level: Intermediate Dates: May 16th - 20th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included     In this workshop we will go over the basic equations and formulas to accurately calculate a variety of forgings and put your understanding to the test through forging execution in the shop. Learn how to understand stock calculations for various forgings. Accurately calculate the length of tenons and tapers, how much mass you will need to execute certain shapes, and so on.     With this newfound knowledge and understanding of these formulas a project will be outlined that will challenge you to put these equations to practical use to create an object joined together from various forgings that depend on your ability to correctly calculate mass, volume, and length.     This is a hands-on forging workshop with a strong mathematics component. The first couple days, time will be spent in the morning learning and practicing geometry and algebra related to the process of forging with the afternoons spent in the shop executing your calculations. The middle to end of the week a more complicated project will be introduced in which the execution will rely on your understanding of these concepts. Time will be spent solving the problems to understand your masses and then forging the project in the shop based on your calculations.      This valuable and underutilized skill set will have you forging much more efficiently and confidently. Knowing you have the right amount of material for your project is empowering and allows you to focus much more on the physical proceeds of forging and significantly limits material waste and guess work.      “Math has always been challenging for me, without a practical application the concepts have always been so abstract that I had a hard time grasping and retaining the information to use at a later date.”            Patrick Quinn
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
17Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and Algebra
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and AlgebraTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn & Joe Doyle      Level: Intermediate Dates: May 16th - 20th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included     In this workshop we will go over the basic equations and formulas to accurately calculate a variety of forgings and put your understanding to the test through forging execution in the shop. Learn how to understand stock calculations for various forgings. Accurately calculate the length of tenons and tapers, how much mass you will need to execute certain shapes, and so on.     With this newfound knowledge and understanding of these formulas a project will be outlined that will challenge you to put these equations to practical use to create an object joined together from various forgings that depend on your ability to correctly calculate mass, volume, and length.     This is a hands-on forging workshop with a strong mathematics component. The first couple days, time will be spent in the morning learning and practicing geometry and algebra related to the process of forging with the afternoons spent in the shop executing your calculations. The middle to end of the week a more complicated project will be introduced in which the execution will rely on your understanding of these concepts. Time will be spent solving the problems to understand your masses and then forging the project in the shop based on your calculations.      This valuable and underutilized skill set will have you forging much more efficiently and confidently. Knowing you have the right amount of material for your project is empowering and allows you to focus much more on the physical proceeds of forging and significantly limits material waste and guess work.      “Math has always been challenging for me, without a practical application the concepts have always been so abstract that I had a hard time grasping and retaining the information to use at a later date.”            Patrick Quinn
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
18Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and Algebra
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and AlgebraTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn & Joe Doyle      Level: Intermediate Dates: May 16th - 20th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included     In this workshop we will go over the basic equations and formulas to accurately calculate a variety of forgings and put your understanding to the test through forging execution in the shop. Learn how to understand stock calculations for various forgings. Accurately calculate the length of tenons and tapers, how much mass you will need to execute certain shapes, and so on.     With this newfound knowledge and understanding of these formulas a project will be outlined that will challenge you to put these equations to practical use to create an object joined together from various forgings that depend on your ability to correctly calculate mass, volume, and length.     This is a hands-on forging workshop with a strong mathematics component. The first couple days, time will be spent in the morning learning and practicing geometry and algebra related to the process of forging with the afternoons spent in the shop executing your calculations. The middle to end of the week a more complicated project will be introduced in which the execution will rely on your understanding of these concepts. Time will be spent solving the problems to understand your masses and then forging the project in the shop based on your calculations.      This valuable and underutilized skill set will have you forging much more efficiently and confidently. Knowing you have the right amount of material for your project is empowering and allows you to focus much more on the physical proceeds of forging and significantly limits material waste and guess work.      “Math has always been challenging for me, without a practical application the concepts have always been so abstract that I had a hard time grasping and retaining the information to use at a later date.”            Patrick Quinn
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
19Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and Algebra
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and AlgebraTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn & Joe Doyle      Level: Intermediate Dates: May 16th - 20th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included     In this workshop we will go over the basic equations and formulas to accurately calculate a variety of forgings and put your understanding to the test through forging execution in the shop. Learn how to understand stock calculations for various forgings. Accurately calculate the length of tenons and tapers, how much mass you will need to execute certain shapes, and so on.     With this newfound knowledge and understanding of these formulas a project will be outlined that will challenge you to put these equations to practical use to create an object joined together from various forgings that depend on your ability to correctly calculate mass, volume, and length.     This is a hands-on forging workshop with a strong mathematics component. The first couple days, time will be spent in the morning learning and practicing geometry and algebra related to the process of forging with the afternoons spent in the shop executing your calculations. The middle to end of the week a more complicated project will be introduced in which the execution will rely on your understanding of these concepts. Time will be spent solving the problems to understand your masses and then forging the project in the shop based on your calculations.      This valuable and underutilized skill set will have you forging much more efficiently and confidently. Knowing you have the right amount of material for your project is empowering and allows you to focus much more on the physical proceeds of forging and significantly limits material waste and guess work.      “Math has always been challenging for me, without a practical application the concepts have always been so abstract that I had a hard time grasping and retaining the information to use at a later date.”            Patrick Quinn
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
20Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and Algebra
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Calculate Your Forgings-Basic Geometry and AlgebraTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Patrick Quinn & Joe Doyle      Level: Intermediate Dates: May 16th - 20th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included     In this workshop we will go over the basic equations and formulas to accurately calculate a variety of forgings and put your understanding to the test through forging execution in the shop. Learn how to understand stock calculations for various forgings. Accurately calculate the length of tenons and tapers, how much mass you will need to execute certain shapes, and so on.     With this newfound knowledge and understanding of these formulas a project will be outlined that will challenge you to put these equations to practical use to create an object joined together from various forgings that depend on your ability to correctly calculate mass, volume, and length.     This is a hands-on forging workshop with a strong mathematics component. The first couple days, time will be spent in the morning learning and practicing geometry and algebra related to the process of forging with the afternoons spent in the shop executing your calculations. The middle to end of the week a more complicated project will be introduced in which the execution will rely on your understanding of these concepts. Time will be spent solving the problems to understand your masses and then forging the project in the shop based on your calculations.      This valuable and underutilized skill set will have you forging much more efficiently and confidently. Knowing you have the right amount of material for your project is empowering and allows you to focus much more on the physical proceeds of forging and significantly limits material waste and guess work.      “Math has always been challenging for me, without a practical application the concepts have always been so abstract that I had a hard time grasping and retaining the information to use at a later date.”            Patrick Quinn
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
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23Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & Design
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & DesignTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                     Level: All Skill Levels Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included       This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.      Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.      "Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level"
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
24Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & Design
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & DesignTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                     Level: All Skill Levels Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included       This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.      Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.      "Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level"
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
25Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & Design
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & DesignTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                     Level: All Skill Levels Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included       This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.      Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.      "Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level"
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
26Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & Design
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & DesignTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                     Level: All Skill Levels Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included       This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.      Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.      "Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level"
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
27Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & Design
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thinking Backwards-Forging, Assembly, & DesignTime: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Instructor: Matt Jenkins                                                                     Level: All Skill Levels Dates: May 23rd-27th ( 9  a.m. - 5 p.m. ) Materials Included       This class will serve as an introduction to forging and assembling small projects in the shop. Using a Japanese pothook mechanism (jizai kagi) as a starting point, students will explore several varieties of joinery and techniques to design a hook in their individual style.      Each day the class will explore ways to attack project elements. The class will develop jigs, fixtures, and tools to help increase precision, speed, or efficiency when forging project parts. A discussion on the geometry of design will allow students to create ornamentation for the hook. The course will examine the decisions required to reverse engineer a project and plan a project’s best order of operations.      "Students will be encouraged to select designs, that will challenge their current skill level"
106 Iron Street
Johnstown, PA 15906
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